ITMO's slogan is "IT's MOre than a UNIVERSITY". And this is not just a witty word play — the university is actually known as one of the most 'student-friendly': starting from a well-tuned feedback system, ending with academic opportunities beyond ITMO.
The university provides a wide selection of international activities. In this article I would like to touch on some of those that are directly available for ITMO students: the Buddy System intra-university program, the Study Abroad at Home educational program and the semester academic mobility. Now first things first.
ITMO is one of the best technical universities in Russia, so there are always a lot of international students here. Once in a foreign country, faced with other cultural and everyday realities, they sometimes need help. And here Buddy System comes to the rescue when ITMO students act as mentors and assistants for newcomers in solving domestic, communicative and some other problems. To participate in the project, it is necessary to pass a questionnaire, an interview (during which the level of foreign language proficiency is also checked), and special training procedure followed by a test.
The Study Abroad at Home program was launched for students who have not yet decided to take part in the competition for academic mobility, but would like to experience studying in an international group in a foreign language. Launched in early 2022, it consists of a set of practice-oriented courses taught in a modular system in English. The group is international and consists of both ITMO students themselves and foreign students who have arrived on academic mobility. An incredible opportunity to share knowledge, ideas, and personal experiences!